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11081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 11:35:43 PM
I'm not terribly concerned about the FMV sequences, but I also have a big problem with the save points.  I just don't have that much time to game anymore, and long stretches to find save points are nearly impossible.  It's not a game killer (the MMORPG feel is far more disconcerting to me than save points, but that's another discussion), but is definately an annoyance.

My understanding is that most games tend to get tweaked between their Japanese & US release.  Maybe they'll add in more save points for us wussy US gamers.
11082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 1/29 on: January 31, 2006, 01:13:17 PM

She is stunning.  Is she just some random chick, or does she have her own site?
11083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has There Ever Been a Better Trilogy than POP? on: January 31, 2006, 01:11:45 PM
I much prefer the Thief trilogy to PoP.
11084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday time waster... on: January 28, 2006, 06:24:05 PM
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)   88%

Gee, that's a big surprise.
11085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This just in! Jessica Simpson Likes her Tatas! on: January 24, 2006, 02:10:22 PM
I'll agree that she has great breasts, but her face is hideous.   Not attractive at all, imo.
11086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS1 recommendations? on: January 18, 2006, 07:01:18 PM
Just FYI, FF7 does have quite a bit of foul language (shit, Goddamn, etc.) that may or may not be appropriate for younger kids.  Depends on your attitude towards that stuff, I suppose.

Most of the Squaresoft (man, it feels wierd typing that) PS1 RPG's are excellent.  The FF games, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, the Mana series, and FF:  Tactics are all worth a look.  Their interest for a 9-year-old would probably vary, but I'd say FFIX, Chrono Cross, or the Mana games would be good ones.

Also, try to find a copy of Skullmonkeys.  It's a hilarious platformer done in a claymation style.  It's pretty difficult, but an absolute blast to play.
11087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: January 17, 2006, 03:33:29 AM
Woo hoo, I just beat the 300,000 mark! Managed a 322,768 on 'Unsung' on Expert level. Those 8X star power multipliers during the end run racked up a shit-ton of points.

Sorry, my wife wasn't impressed and I had to brag to someone.  Cool
11088  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: DQ8 wanted: Resident Evil 4 on: January 17, 2006, 01:32:43 AM
11089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ on: January 17, 2006, 01:30:32 AM
Wait, there's a main site?    (I keed, I keed...)

Congrats KD.  Sounds great!
11090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos 2 coming to US on: January 16, 2006, 10:07:30 PM
If they got rid of the card timer, Baten Kaitos would be one of my favorite RPG's ever.  The graphics and music were simply beautiful, the story was decent, and the battle card mechanic was a blast.   That damn card timer took all the fun out of it at the higher levels, though.  Having 2 seconds to choose a card made it much more frantic and frustrating than it needed to be, and I never did make it all the way through.

Hopefully they find better voice actors as well.  Thankfully you could turn the VO off, otherwise I wouldn't have made it nearly as far as I did.  The VO work was Hall of Shame material for sure.
11091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: January 16, 2006, 07:30:34 PM
Any updates?
11092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Japanese sales data 12/26 - 01/01 on: January 15, 2006, 04:14:34 PM
Anyone else surprised to see both Star Wars:  Episode III and Lego Star Wars on that list?  I figured the Ep III game would sell (I didn't  expect top 10), but I had no idea the Lego game sold that well.
11093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever wanted to love a game you absolutely hate? on: January 11, 2006, 10:44:24 PM
I've got quite a few games that I have purchased more than once, hoping that I could see what everyone was raving about:

Kingdom Hearts
The GTA games
Zelda:  Windwaker
Advance Wars
Any MMORPG (tried DAoC, FFXI, & City of Heroes.  Couldn't get into any of them)
Halflife (1 or 2)
11094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 01:48:41 PM

I'm in Baccarat trying to find out why the casino is closed.  It seemeed the most logical place to go, but maybe I missed something.
11095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 10:15:52 PM
I can't remember the name (I haven't played since before X-mas), but it's the first town you come to after getting the ship.  I haven't actually hit the dungeon proper yet, but I know from the random encounters outside of town that I will need to level up before I do.  I've been getting my ass kicked pretty good.  I thought I had been doing a good job of levelling (I'd spend at least a full game-day each time I turned the game on doing nothing but levelling), but apparently not.

I'm also realizing that I have built a couple of my characters incorrectly.  I started out building sword skills on the main character, then switched to boomerang once I finally got one and realized what a better weapon it is.  I now use the boomerang almost exclusively, but I've got about 20 points in a sword skill that I haven't used more than once or twice in the last 10 hours.  Oops.  I developed Yangus OK, but I split off too many points for Jessica between staff and Sex Appeal as well.  My characters are probably too underpowered now, but I just can't bring myself to start over and rebuild them from the beginning.
11096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 09:34:43 PM
Ugh, I've really hit the wall with DQ8.  I'm about 25 hours in, and I've reached the point that I will need to spend a few hours levelling before tackling the next dungeon.  While I enjoy the combat for the most part, I just can't bring myself to spend the time level-grinding.

I love this game, but the ultra-simplistic story and characters are starting to cause it to lose a bit of lustre.  frown
11097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hilarious Guitar Hero News Report on: January 07, 2006, 10:09:50 PM
lol.  That's classic.
11098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 06, 2006, 07:36:24 PM
Played for about 3 hours last night, and ended up pretty unimpressed.  While the graphics are stellar, the combination of repetitive environments and extensive backtracking make the game pretty dull.  Once you get past the 'wow' factor, it's just really not that much fun.  Bought it used, so it'll be going back tomorrow afternoon.

I am, however, really enjoying the Doom RPG cell phone game.  It's a perfect time-killer for 10-20 minute stretches, and it quite fun.  How sad is it that I enjoy the cheap little cell phone game more than the multi-million dollar version?
11099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 05, 2006, 11:24:36 PM
I'm not a big FPS game (I think the last console one I played was Republic Commando), so I definately don't suffer from FPS 'overkill'.  I think I'll give it a shot.
11100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 05, 2006, 05:29:30 PM
I was somewhat interested in Doom 3, but my PC wasn't beefy enough to run it.  Since the X-Box version just dropped to $20, I'm looking at possibly picking it up.  The reviews were pretty good (87% on Gamerankings), but I wanted to get the collective GT opinion before I did so.  

Yea or Nay?
11101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where can I download FF7 Advent Children trailer from on: January 02, 2006, 05:58:26 AM
It's not officially out yet in the US, but it has been released in Japan.  Last I heard it was supposed to get a US release sometime in the next month or so.  Having seen the Japanese version, I can vouch for the fact that it will be worth every penny when it comes out here.  Definately a day one purchase, even though I've already watched it about a dozen times.
11102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: January 02, 2006, 05:56:20 AM
Quote from: "shon"
I am still trying to beat the game on Extreme.  I am down to 2 songs.

Let me guess...'Cowboys from Hell' and 'Bark at the Moon'?  Those are the only two I haven't been able to finish on Expert.
11103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over 30, 40... or, erm... 50? Read this now! on: December 31, 2005, 04:21:34 PM
Great article, and it describes the exact reasons why I have never enjoyed multiplayer gaming.  1)  I simply don't have the desire to put in the time to be remotely competitive at these games, which in turn means they aren't a lot of fun for me when/if I play online.  2)  Every time I've played on-line, it's been against some obnoxious 12-year-old either talking l33t or cursing like a sailor.  

I'll just stick to my single player games that I can play at my own pace, thanks.
11104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2005, 05:00:23 AM
Not much in the way of actual presents this year, as we're flying out for a weeks vacation tomorrow.  Did manage to score a decent inexpensive digital camera (Fuji 4.1 MP), a couple Monty Python CD's, and the 'Rudy' DVD.
11105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jennifer Aniston is apparently a man on: December 24, 2005, 03:08:31 PM
GQ names Jennifer Aniston 'Man of the Year'

Ummm...OK.   Apparently no one did anything better this year than 'showing good humor during her breakup with Brad Pitt'.  Just when I thought GQ couldn't get any less relevant
11106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 23, 2005, 03:50:06 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Farscry_Redux"
So, where are the discussions on the great games out for the PSP?

They're still loading?   :wink:

Dammit Warning, you owe me a new monitor.

Tru1cy does have a point.  It's only recently that the DS has come into it's own game-wise.  I'm really hoping that the games for the PSP eventually catch up with the sweet hardware, but I don't see much indication that they will in the near future.  I've been very 'meh' about the list of upcoming PSP games.  If they suddenly started announcing some quality RPG titles (hell, even ports would be fine at this point), I could generate some interest in the system.  Until then, the DS will be my system of choice.
11107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your Game of the Year for 2005? on: December 23, 2005, 03:44:55 PM
Guitar Hero.

I can say with a certainty that in all my years of gaming, I've never had this much fun with a game.  Sure, there have been more involving, more emotional, and technically 'better' games, but nothing comes close to Guitar Hero in sheer fun factor.    Absolute brilliance.

Runners up:

-  Dragon Quest VIII
-  Meteos
-  Civ IV (I know it's PC, but it deserves a mention)
11108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who's going where for the holidays? on: December 22, 2005, 05:19:47 PM
Mrs. Gratch and I will be flying from Salt Lake to Nashville to spend the week between X-mas & new years with my bro and his new baby.  While I'm not excited about flying day after christmas, I can't wait to get away for a while.
11109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon and Advents Children. on: December 21, 2005, 11:22:44 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
It better be damn good.

Oh, it most definately is.  It's an incredible piece of art, that has more jaw-dropping moments that I could count.  However, you 1) have to be able to completely suspend your disbelief (physical laws such as gravity do not apply in this world), and 2) have to know the story and characters from the game.  People not familiar with the game should probably skip it, unless they really enjoy mindless action.  

My understanding is that it is still due to be released in January, and I've seen quite a few ads in gaming (and other) magazines stating such.  Methinks Amazon just has their date wrong.
11110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its time for animation....56k beware on: December 20, 2005, 02:04:47 PM
A couple I had posted in the pictures thread:

11111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Okay, how do you post a picture in these forums on: December 19, 2005, 11:52:01 PM
Like this:

Link, possibly NSFW

Sorry, had to make up for the lack of a Sunday Skin.  slywink

EDIT:  On second thought, I'd better make that a link since this topic isn't labeled NSFW
11112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 19, 2005, 10:12:28 PM
I can't think of a better reason to buy a PSP then that that. Sleep clinics across the country should start buying DS' in bulk with a copy of Animal Crossing, and force their clients to play!

Animal Crossing vs GTA
Lunar (horrid game by reviews) vs X-Men 2, Kingdom of Paradise
Mario Kart vs Burnout Legends
Puppy abuse vs nothing thank god

So…you’re apparently trying to get him to buy a DS.  slywink  I much prefer AC over any GTA game, and much to my surprise, I’m enjoying Mario Kart much more than I did my time with Burnout.  It’s true that Lunar sucks, but the PSP is not exactly a bastion of great RPG’s (*cough* Untold Legends *cough*).  When you factor in all the GBA RPG’s, I’d say the DS wins that battle hands-down.  See, it all just comes down to personal taste.

and you ds guys - lunar? how was that? is golden sun worth grabbing? any rpgs coming out soon? (i know about ff iv) mayb this will help whoever started the thread as well

Avoid Lunar like the plague.  It is a horrible, horrible game and it’s a shame that was the first traditional RPG released for the system.  There should be plenty in the GBA back-catalog to keep you busy until the new crop of DS RPG’s arrives.  Final Fantasy Tactics:  Advance, Golden Sun, Riviera (although I wasn’t crazy about it), Fire Emblem, Mario & Luigi:  Superstar Sage, and a host of others are all solid games.  As far as new RPG’s, off the top of my head I can think of a remake of FFIII, a new Mana game, a Xenosaga game, and a Baten Kaitos spin-off.  If you’re a turn-based RPG fan, Disciples and Age of Empires are coming, and Advance Wars DS is certainly worth a look.  The recently released Mario & Luigi game is supposed to be very good, although I haven’t tried it yet.

And last but not least, every DS owner has to try Meteos (which, imo, is far better than it’s PSP counterpart, Lumines) and Metroid pinball.  There is certainly enough there to keep any gamer busy.
11113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 19, 2005, 08:17:56 PM
Having owned both, I'll echo Gator's comments.  The PSP is an awesome little machine, but the game lineup is seriously lacking if you're into anything besides racing or sports games.  If you're into RPG's, forget it.  I sold mine before most of the movies came out, but I certainly like the idea.

The DS has a great lineup of quirky and interesting games...but quirky and interesting are definately matters of opinion.  While I love playing Meteos, Trauma Center or Metroid Pinball, I'm sure there are plenty of others who think they are complete crap.  The DS has the added plus of backwards compatibility with the GBA, a feature which I have used far more than any of the actual DS games.  

Take a hard look at the games (and especially the upcoming releases) to determine which system would be best for you.  I'd highly recommend the DS at this point, but ask me again in a year after the PSP has a bigger library and I might change my mind.
11114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 18, 2005, 12:07:56 AM
11115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sunday th 18th: Camping Out? When? on: December 17, 2005, 11:56:39 PM
There were about 20 people camped out outside the BestBuy this afternoon in 15 degree temps.  I don't care how neat the system is, that's just plain stupid.
11116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Knights of the Old Republic I or II? on: December 17, 2005, 02:05:12 AM
KotOR 1 is a far better game, imo.  They really didn't add that many features in 2, or at least none that really stand out in my mind.  The story & characters as a whole in 1 was superb, and are good throughout most of 2 - but you have to be able to stomach an absolutely horrible ending.  I also think you would definately want the background from 1 before you dove into 2.  There's quite a few things that wouldn't make much sense if you hadn't played the first game.

Now paging Starshifter & ATB...
11117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 03:27:13 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
[Actually, a guy at MS told me that's exactly what the thinking is.  Basically, they figure that the hardcore gamers that pre-ordered at the specialty places will still buy one regardless of how they are treated so they are favoring the mass-market retailers.  

It makes sense in a way.  The original XBox did very well in the specialty retailers but struggled to reach the mass market.  This time they are willing to risk alienating some of the hard core fans if they can achieve more elsewhere.

That makes no sense to me.  My understanding is that they are essentially selling the console as a loss-leader, with the money actually being made on the software sales.  Aren't the hard-core gamers that ones that will end up buying the most games to cover that gap?  I have a hard time seeing Susie Soccermom spending nearly as much money on games as Joe Fanboy would.
11118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2005, 12:15:45 AM
11119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killzone should have gotten more attention on: December 13, 2005, 07:32:57 PM
I think Killzone's marketing worked against it as well.  It was touted as the 'Halo-killer' for the PS2, which gave everybody way too lofty expectations.  When it wasn't the end-all-be-all of console FPS games, people seemed to trash it.

I'm not a big fan of console FPS, but I might have to give it a shot.
11120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV Advance [gba] on: December 13, 2005, 07:30:39 PM
I'll be picking this one up right before my trip.  Metroid Pinball & Trauma Center are fun, but I need an RPG I can sink my teeth into while I'm away for a week.  I've never played it before, and it's been getting good reviews, so I can't wait!
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